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Gratitude and healing impels sharing Christian Science

From the May 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Around Thanksgiving time in 2015 I was struggling with an ugly skin condition. Because it was winter, I could cover up, and very few people were aware of my problem. On the basis of my understanding that God is All, I began praying to deny that this condition had any power over me—a stand I had learned to take as a student of Christian Science.

My prayer brought continual messages to praise God and give Him glory, which I took to mean that I needed to be grateful for all the healings I’d already had and to share them with others. I understood that health is a spiritual quality given to us by God, and that it was important to give thanks even in the midst of dealing with a challenge—just as our Way-shower, Christ Jesus, gave thanks to God before he raised Lazarus (see John 11:41). And I was very familiar with the idea that “gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 3). 

So I took action. I gave thanks at the Thanksgiving Day church service for all the good in my life and for my spiritual growth throughout the previous year. I also wrote and submitted a testimony and an article for publication in the Christian Science magazines.

I was full of joy, and determined that nothing would disturb that. I had read in an article in the Christian Science Sentinel that it is important not to let material conditions rob us of joy (see Jürgen Kurt Stark, “The reason for our joy,” November 2, 2015). I was learning not to judge spiritual progress by looking to matter, but to turn away from the material symptoms and not be impressed by or fearful of them.

I knew that a physical condition could not stop me from expressing the spiritual qualities I reflect as a child of God. As I read the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons, I often felt as though they were written just for me! There were comforting passages from the Bible, such as “His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s” (Job 33:25), and “I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth” (Jeremiah 33:6). And from Mrs. Eddy: “Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind.… The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness” (Science and Health, p. 151).

During this time, I requested prayerful treatment from a Christian Science practitioner, who suggested I think of myself as being in “the secret place of the most High” (Psalms 91:1) in order to gain a deep conviction of God’s allness. This would enable me to become more aware of man’s dominion over material beliefs, including the skin condition. I was soon able to continue praying by myself, without the aid of the practitioner.

One night, I woke with the wonderful angel message that my body could not be inflamed because matter has no real existence. This truth is made clear in Science and Health: “In Spirit there is no matter, even as in Truth there is no error, and in good no evil” (p. 278).

That was the turning point of the healing, and the physical adjustment took place over the next three weeks. Meantime, I was learning to be patient and spiritually expectant. As the skin condition yielded, I was very grateful for that! But I was even more grateful for all the spiritual growth I was experiencing—including overcoming the fear of disfigurement. The removal of fear was a major factor in my gaining complete freedom from any disfigurement.

I have found that writing for the Christian Science periodicals renews gratitude for healings. And my gratitude has impelled me to share Christian Science with others by giving them a copy of an article or emailing them a link to one so they can read it online. I always carry a Sentinel with me in my handbag, and recently gave one to a lady who asked me about the church I attend. I have been able to share my articles with friends with whom I had not previously discussed religion. We now have much deeper friendships because of this spiritual dimension.

It is a joy to be able to bless others with the truth of Christian Science. I am so grateful to Mrs. Eddy for sharing her discovery with the world and for everything she put in place to encourage our spiritual growth.

Dilys Bell
Coulsdon, Surrey, England

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